I am so excited about this pattern! A few months back I was day-dreaming about a pair of mittens that I had as a small child. They were puppets and the pinky and thumb were knit separately to give each a set of arms. They had felt buttons and eyes that I’m still amazed stayed on seeing my need to wear them everywhere. Those blue, white and red guys (I think they were soldiers? Nutcrackers? I have no idea) went through a lot.
I have come across knit patterns for mittens like these before, most memorably in a vintage Red Heart booklet dated 1952, but I wondered, dare I knit my 33 year old self some? Surely there’s a way to make them for myself without seeming like a nut-job for wearing kid’s mittens?
Colorwork was my answer. I designed these cozy, fingering weight mittens to have a face that you may not notice at first glace. Once you take a closer look you see the eyes, then the nose, the bangs and the curly locks. On the palm side you can use the thumb to make the puppet talk, since she is equipt with not just a tongue (the inside of the thumb) but even a full mouth. Molars and all! When in your life are you ever going to have another excuse to knit a uvula??
I hope everyone else can enjoy the whimsy and fun of these mittens. No one who has seen them yet has resisted smiling over them! Lots of fun is to be had with these. Best of all this pattern is free!